HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - "The earlier, the better" is always a good motto when it comes to mailing letters and packages during the holiday season.
Hattiesburg Postmaster Patrick Campbell said the United States Postal Service is gearing up for the coming weeks as the lines at the post office will only get longer.
"Next Monday will be the heaviest mailing day of the season," said Campbell. "It will be almost double the normal Monday."
In such a busy time it's easy to forget some of the things that help ensure delivery. If it's not the waiting too late problem, it's something else.
"A lot of times we are sending packages and cards to people we only send once a year and we don't have good addresses or we don't completely have their address."
Campbell said it's a simple mistake that happens more than most people would believe.
"I'd say that during this time of year it probably triples from what it normally is which is a couple of thousand letters from the season that may not get through if they don't have the correct address and don't have a return address to send it back to," said Campbell.
Of course, no one wants to receive a package with the contents broken or damaged. So, make sure you give it a little cushion.
"If it's fragile in needs to be packed properly, you need to have bubble wrap around it and it shouldn't be moving in the box," said Campbell.
Finally, Campbell said a common question is how should packages be mailed?
"The best way is always priority mail," said Campbell. "Unless it's something you need over night which of course would be express mail, but priority mail two to three days anywhere in the country and we can do that up to the Dec. 21 and it will get it there by Christmas."
Postal Service officials say the first class and priority mail deadline is Dec. 21. The express mail deadline is Dec. 23.
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